Human Target Premiere Review & Discussion

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 18th, 2010 at 5:38 pm,

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It was an explosive opening to DC Comics’ Human Target as we’re introduced to Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) whose put himself in the middle of a hostage situation to protect the CEO of a company.

We’re basically introduced to his calculating ability to size up a situation/hostile and engage him successfully. Later on we meet his partner Winston (Chi McBride) and an associate of questionable repute, Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) – they form a security firm known for their ability to protect a client and remove the threat.

The episode takes place on a high speed bullet train, protecting the woman behind the project, played by Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica).

My Take On The Show

I would really like to see this Mark Valley-starring project succeed, but none of the characters really grabbed me in this early stage of the game via the premiere. But I have to sit back and wait – I never liked a premiere that throws every bit of a character’s history at you in a single episode.  On the other hand, the premiere episode of Human Target gave me no, or very little, history on any of the characters at all.

Due to the lack of any emotional connection with any of the characters, this premiere episode was just an action flick where we get to watch Christopher Chance and team do their work to get the job done.

The confrontation between Chance and an assassin was interesting.  The choreography had a ton of potential but had strange moments of blatant predictability, though I did enjoy one part of the fight scene in a rather peculiar location.

The Cast

The cast of Human Target is nice but small and I can only assume that they will tack on more regulars as the season carries on (if it carries on).

They need to start showing us something about Chance, Winston and Guerrero.  It should be interesting to delve into Guerrero – played by Haley.  Geurrero feels like a prequel to Watchmen’s Rorschach.

In The End

From what I understand, Human Target’s resemblance to its source material is loose at best and is almost in name only in order to try to generate interest in the series. I can’t help but wonder if this was Fox’s doing or it just is what it is.

As far as liking the show, I’m middle of the road: Don’t hate it but I’ve not been convinced that at this point it’s worth drooling all over myself about.

Next week Christopher Chance will be protecting a client on an airliner.  That ought be interesting.  I Hope.

We’ll see how it develops.

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  1. I liked what I saw a lot. What I smell here however is that eventually, a good solid following that comes to love the characters (I thought Mark Valley did a bang up job as a dude that just wants to work and get the job done, end of story, which is missing in MANY action stars), but will not create the gooney “buzz” required for network execs to green-light another season and behold – yet another DVD'd one-shot for Fox.

    I hope I'm wrong because I love the peppered flavor through the initial shot here. Apparently the “premeire episode” is actually later this week which boggles the mind.

    I also noted that the last 12 minutes or so of this episode – woof, very crappily edited. Where is the sense of peril towards the end?

    We'll see what happens but if a franchise like TERMINATOR: Sarah Connor can't get the fan lead and nod from execs, I can't see how this one can.

  2. Mark Valley= Captain America

  3. @DrSamBeckett

    I agree on Valley as Cap … but I think he is too old for where I believe they are going with the movie.

    On Human Target –
    I loved the show. I thought it was fun and Chances encounter with the first “baddie” was priceless. I do agree with mikewikerson on how there was never any sense of peril. Not for a second did I think he was going to lose a fight or get killed or the “client” would be killed. I am sure that will get better (fingers crossed). Looking forward to more eps. though.

  4. Who knows what they will end up doing with the Captain America movie, it is all so up in the air at the moment, they obviously have an idea of who will be playing him, so why not just end all the speculation.

    I always pictured him as being late 30s or early 40s, he needs to command respect.

  5. I agree about always thinking Cap should be in his 30's I just don't see it happening.

  6. Have to side with Beckett on this one
    Valley should be the next Cap…

  7. I really enjoyed the pilot episode and I think the show has a lot of potential. I would also like to see the characters fleshed out a bit, but I am all for a non-stop action show. I think Mark Valley did his job very well, and I agree with DrSam that he'd make a fantastic Captain America. I don't think he will though because of his age (mid 40's). If there was anyone that ever LOOKED like Cap, it sure is him, though.

    I look forward to Wednesday's episode, though. Looks like it should be fun.

  8. I agree with the review that for a pilot, there was a lot lacking. It felt like this was more of a middle of the season episode that I came in late on without getting any of the background of the characters. I did like the introduction of Guerrero with the mob-esque duo though.

    After watching the second episode tonight, I'm not sure this will have the legs to stick around on network channels at least. I had all the plots and bad guys figured out almost as fast as I'm sure Chance did. The show almost feels like a dumbed down, more action version of “Burn Notice” to me.

    I do really like the shows open though, the “James Bond” sort of open with paintings of all the actors and everything scrolling along.

  9. I agree with the review that for a pilot, there was a lot lacking. It felt like this was more of a middle of the season episode that I came in late on without getting any of the background of the characters. I did like the introduction of Guerrero with the mob-esque duo though.

    After watching the second episode tonight, I'm not sure this will have the legs to stick around on network channels at least. I had all the plots and bad guys figured out almost as fast as I'm sure Chance did. The show almost feels like a dumbed down, more action version of “Burn Notice” to me.

    I do really like the shows open though, the “James Bond” sort of open with paintings of all the actors and everything scrolling along.

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